On 31 October 2008 the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts commissioned an independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. Section 522A of the EPBC Act requires it to be reviewed every 10 years from its commencement.
This is the first review of the EPBC Act since its commencement on 16 July 2000. The review will assess the operation of the EPBC Act and the extent to which its objects have been achieved.
Community participation in the review is encouraged. There will be opportunities for public input over the course of the review. The first stage of this public input process was through written submissions. The period for making written submissions closed on 19 December 2008.
The second stage of the public consultation process was a series of face-to-face consultations with stakeholders in each Australian capital city. An Interim Report on the review has now been released and is open for public comment. This report highlights the key issues that have been raised throughout the public consultation process and seeks to provide focus for the way forward in the review.
Download the Interim Report
View EIANZ's submission